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Troop build-up over 150,000 near Ukraine

Unidentified soldiers in Crimea, March 6, 2014. The EU’s top diplomat on Monday claimed that Russia had amassed more than 150,000 troops on the Ukranian border. (Photo: NYTimes)
Unidentified soldiers in Crimea, March 6, 2014. The EU’s top diplomat on Monday claimed that Russia had amassed more than 150,000 troops on the Ukranian border. (Photo: NYTimes)
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BRUSSELS — Russia has concentrated more than 150,000 troops on Ukraine's border and in annexed Crimea, the EU's top diplomat Josep Borrell said on Monday after EU foreign ministers were briefed by Ukraine's foreign minister.اضافة اعلان

"It is more than 150,000 Russian troops massing on the Ukrainian borders and in Crimea. The risk of further escalation is evident," Borrell said, declining to give a source for the figure.

He said no new economic sanctions or expulsions of Russian diplomats were planned for the time being, despite saying that the military build-up on Ukraine's borders was the largest ever.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, after addressing EU foreign ministers, called on the EU to impose new sanctions on Russia.

Tensions between Moscow and Kyiv have been rising amid the military build-up and clashes in eastern Ukraine between the army and pro-Russian separatists. 

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